Japanese Vegetable Soup with Fresh Ginger (for a Sore Throat)
It's been so long since I've been sick, it took a while for the truth to dawn on me. Cranky, low energy, headache, but when I awoke at 5am with what felt like a golf ball in my throat...reality dawned.
But clearly I'm not that sick, because my mind immediately leapt to work, dreaming up healthy concoctions to rid me of this sore throat, stuffy nose, and out-of-character malaise. Beyond the requisite salt water gargles, of course...unpleasant, but effective, I think.
So here was my opportunity to try out the new Trader Joe's Organic Soy Ginger Broth I'd purchased. I had sugar snap peas, scallions, carrots, white mushrooms, and the enoki mushrooms I had forgotten to use with the Miso Tofu. So all I did was heat up the broth with the snap peas, carrots, and mushrooms. Towards the end, I added some chopped fresh ginger and garlic, and topped the soup with the scallions.
The soup certainly looked like good health in a bowl!
It was delicious, except I found the broth a little bland. I added a little miso, which really brightened up the flavor. The vegetables were wonderful, still firm. Go crazy with the fresh ginger and garlic - zingy, with plenty of sinus-clearing impact.
Verdict on the Broth: a little steep at $3 for a quart, and easily replicated, but nice to have handy in a pinch.